Elected Council

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*Co-Chair: Diane Maltester (First Christian Church, Concord DOC)

*Co-Chair: David Longhurst (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Danville Stake)

*Vice-ChairRev. Rodney Lemery (Mt. Diablo UU Church, Interfaith Prison Ministry)

*Treasurer:   Mary Ann Cropper (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oakland Stake)

Ginny Ali, ICARE (Walnut Creek Bahá’is)

*Dr. Erica Bains (Member of the Sikh Community)  *past chair

*Father Tom Bonacci, CP (Interfaith Peace Project, Passionist Priest, Antioch and Citrus Heights)

Sara Bretthauer, ICARE (Peace Lutheran, Danville)

Elder Thea Bristlebroom (Covenant of the Goddess, Wicca)

Rev. Sharon Campton (Interfaith Chaplain, LOPC)

Leonard Dorin (Congregation B’nai Tikvah)

Naomi Erlich (Beth Chaim Congregation)

Micheal Gonzales (Beautiful Redeemer Ministries Church, Richmond)

Ben Jones (Baha’i Community of Walnut Creek)

Meg Keeley (Grace Presbyterian Church, Walnut Creek, ICHANGE committee)

Susie Kohl (Sufism Reoriented, Rossmoor Interfaith Council)

Greg Kremenliev (Buddhist, eclectic)

Rev. Willie McDaniel  (St. Peter’s CME, El Cerrito)

Celia Menczel (Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek) 

Rev. Channing Miller, Rossmoor Interfaith Council Interim President (Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister, Chaplaincy Institute and Community)

Terri Moss, ICARE (Temple Isaiah, Lafayette)

Christine Nadeau (Christ the Lord Episcopal Church, Pinole, West County)

Kate Lone Newkirk  (MDUUC, Indigenous)

Rev. Margaret Niles (Interfaith Chaplain, Chaplaincy Institute and Community)

Ekanatha Pai (Tri-Valley Hindu Community)

Carolyn Peters, ICAN (Christ the King Catholic Parish, Pleasant Hill)

Cynthia Price Peters  (First Church of Christian Science Pleasant Hill)

Zula Reeves (Unity Walnut Creek)

Nazli Sajjad, ICARE (Islamic Center of Zahra – Shia)

Reza Sharifzadeh (MTO School of Islamic Sufism, Berkeley and El Sobrante)

Sabra Suharwardy (San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, San Ramon and Danville)

*Dennis Wasco, SOJA (St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish, Concord and Clayton)

Rev. Dr. Dale Weatherspoon (Easter Hills United Methodist Church & GRIP, Richmond)

Rev. Marie Wilson  (Concord United Methodist)

* Member of the Governing Board

Rev. Will McGarvey, the Executive Director can be contacted at:
925.933.6030 mobile

Rev. Julius Van Hook
Interfaith Juvenile Chaplain
510.815.7183 mobile

Rev. Dr. Charles Tinsley
Chaplain Emeritus
Contra Costa Probation, Spiritual Care Department

Departing Elected Council Members from 2022:

  • Elder Felicity Grove, Covenant of the Goddess
  • Nancy Battey, First Church of Christian Science Pleasant Hill, 2 years on the Gov. Board, created process for hiring Rev. Julius
  • Mohammad Chaudhry, Islamic Center of the East Bay
  • Rebekah Seman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Sally Bartholemew, Religious Science, moved away
  • Maryann Wittenberg, B’nai Tikvah

Past Presidents/Chairs:

  • Dr. Erica Bains (Sikh Community)
  • Carolyn MacKenzie (Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ, PH)
  • Terence Clark (Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette)
  • Rev. Alexis Easton (Retired United Methodist Church)
  • Rev. Leslie Takahashi (Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, WC)
  • Rabbi Raphael Asher (Retired from Congregation B’nai Tikvah)
  • Rev. David Sammons (Retired Unitarian Universalist Minister, MDUUC)
  • Rev. Steve Harms (Peace Lutheran Church, Danville – founding President)

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